American Psychological Foundation
Up-and-coming neuropsychologists honored
The American Psychological Foundation (APF) announces the recipients of its two 2003 Henry Hécaen and Manfred Meier Neuropsychology Scholarships--$2,500 prizes for outstanding graduate student achievement. The winners are:
Amy J. Jak, who won the Henry Hécaen Scholarship. Jak is pursuing her doc toral degree in the neuropsychology track of the clinical psychology program at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on neuropsychological and neuroanatomic aspects of serious mental illness and on neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis. Jak is completing her predoctoral internship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of California, San Diego/Veterans Administration Psychology Internship Program.
Angela L.H. Buffington, PhD, who won the Manfred Meier Scholarship. Buffington recently completed the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Duke University and is a postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Her research focuses on the ecological validity of neuropsychological assessment tools and on improving functional outcomes for people with neuropsychological deficits and their families.
APA's Div. 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) recommends winners for the Henry Hécaen and Manfred Meier Scholarships to APF's Board of Trustees. For information on the 2004 scholarships, visit www.apa.org/apf.
APF and COGDOP boost graduate student research
APF and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) presented 12 Graduate Research Scholarships in 2003.
The top winners are:
Dana Byrd, who received the $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship, which is given to the year's most outstanding applicant. Byrd is a doctoral candidate in the department of psychology at the University of Florida. She is pursuing research on the normal and abnormal development of processes such as anticipation, preparation and planning using behavioral and psychophysiological measures.
Stewart Shankman, a fifth-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at State University of New York at Stony Brook. Shankman received the $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship for his research on the classification and co-morbidity of mood disorders.
The ten students who received $1,000 awards are:
Adam Brickman, a sixth-year doctoral student in the neuropsychology subprogram at Queens College at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Brickman won for his work on understanding the morphological and clinical characteristics of patients with schizophrenia.
Sherrie Delinsky, a fourth-year clinical psychology doctoral student at Rutgers University. Delinsky won for her research on the effectiveness of mirror exposure in the treatment of body-image disturbance.
Stephen Gillaspy, a sixth-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at Oklahoma State University. Gillaspy won for his study of the effects of peer delinquency, peer involvement and peer attachment on adolescent problem behavior.
Michael Himle, a second-year social psychology doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Himle won for his research on the environmental variables that may control expression and suppression of tics in children with Tourette's Syndrome.
Jia Liu, a third-year doctoral candidate in social psychology at Purdue University. Liu won for her research on the possible different cognitive processes that occur before and after people encounter the "attitude object."
Dominique Morisano, a second-year student in the master's/doctoral program in school/applied child psychology at McGill University. Morisano won for her behavioral and genetic study of the role of the dopamine-transporter gene in task-disengagement behaviors in a nonclinical sample of schoolchildren.
Elizabeth Podniesinski, a fifth-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at Boston University. Podniesinski won for her examination of the effects of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the development and course of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in children.
Kalynn Schulz, a third-year student in the behavioral neuroscience program at Michigan State University. Schulz won for her investigation of pubertal maturation of the brain from a developmental neurobiological perspective.
Jessica Tracy, a fifth-year doctoral student in personality and social psychology at the University of California, Davis. Tracy won for her research on the possibility that "pride" may be included in a small set of basic emotions that have universally recognized nonverbal expressions.
Lauren Warren, a fifth-year clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Warren won for her research on the cognitive precursors to Alzheimer's disease.
All graduate departments of psychology that are in good standing with COGDOP are invited to nominate one or more candidates each year for these scholarships, which may be used by students to pay for research costs, travel to a scientific meeting, or books and supplies. For more information, visit www.apa.org/apf.
Foundation, Div. 27 honor substance abuse recovery network
APF and Div. 27 (Society for Community Research and Action) have selected Oxford House Inc. and its CEO, Paul Molloy, JD, for the Robert McNeill Memorial Award for Innovation in Community Mental Health.
Oxford House, a national network of recovery housing for substance abusers, began in 1975 when 13 male residents took over a county-run halfway house in Maryland that was being closed and developed a self-help concept and structured system of operation. Since then, Oxford House members have spread the concept throughout the United States, and there are now more than 800 Oxford Houses.
Oxford House CEO Molloy has served as a legislative assistant to former Sen. Winston Prouty (R-Vt.), as a counsel to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee and as an associate minority counsel to the Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a former partner of the Chicago law firm of Isham, Lincoln and Beale.
For more information on Oxford House, visit www.oxfordhouse.org.
$20,000 available for research on serious mental illness
APF is seeking nominations for its second Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator Award, a $20,000 prize given biennially for exceptional research and mentoring accomplishments in the area of serious mental illness.
Nominees must hold a doctoral degree, have at least an eight-year record of significant research productivity, and show creativity in the area of serious mental illness research. They must have experience mentoring younger investigators and be affiliated with an accredited college, university or other research or treatment institution. APF encourages nominations that represent diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age and sexual orientation.
The nomination deadline is April 15. Nomination materials should include: a letter that addresses the nominee's accomplishments, potential for future contributions and mentoring influence; a curriculum vitae; and photocopies of two journal or book chapter publications. Send materials to the APF Alexander Gralnick Research Investigator award coordinator at the APA address. For more information, visit www.apa.org/apf.
Levinson award honors a consulting psychologist
APF requests nominations for its 2004 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award for Exceptional Contributions to Consulting Organizational Psychology. The Levinson award is a $5,000 prize given annually to an APA member who has demonstrated an exceptional ability to turn psychological theory and concepts into applications that leaders and managers can use to create more effective, healthy and humane organizations.
The award is administered by APA's Office of Division Services in conjunction with Divs. 13 (Society of Consulting Psychology), 14 (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology), and 39 (Psychoanalysis). Representatives from each division review nomination materials and recommend a recipient to the APF Board of Trustees. The nomination deadline is March 15. Nomination materials must include a letter that addresses the nominee's accomplishments and his or her curriculum vitae. Self-nominations are welcome, and APF encourages nominations that represent diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual orientation. Send nomination materials electronically, with a note, via e-mail. For more information, visit www.apa.org/apf.
Nominations sought for second McGuigan prize
The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is seeking nominations for its second Frank J. McGuigan Young Investigator Research Prize, a $25,000 biennial award from APF to support empirical research that explicates the concept of the human mind. The prize recognizes a promising young investigator with a strong research portfolio and potential for outstanding research over the next five years.
According to the bequest made by Frank Joseph McGuigan, PhD, the prize-winning research should be primarily psychophysiological, but physiological and behavioral research also qualify for support. The prize is awarded to the recipient's institution to fund his or her research. Faculty salaries and indirect costs may not be requested. Nominees must have earned a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field within nine years of the nomination deadline and have an affiliation with an accredited college, university or other research institution.
The nomination deadline is March 1. Nomination materials must include six copies of: a nomination letter written by a senior colleague (no self-nominations); a one- to two-page statement of accomplishments and plans for the next five years (written by the nominee); a curriculum vitae; and photocopies of two representative publications. Send materials to: APF Frank Joseph McGuigan Young Investigator Prize, APA Science Directorate, at the APA address. For more information, contact APA's Science Directorate via e-mail.
Funds available for couple- and family-focused research
APF is inviting academicians and practitioners to apply for the 2004 Randy Gerson Memorial Grant--a $5,000 grant that aims to advance research on family dynamics, couple dynamics and multigenerational processes. Work that advances theory, assessment or clinical practice in these areas is eligible. Preference will be given to projects that are using or contributing to the development of Bowen family systems. Applicants, including co-investigators, must have a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field.
Application materials should include a:
Statement that describes the project.
Description of how the project meets the fund goals.
Line-item project budget.
Statement on how project results will be disseminated.
Curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation.
Applications must not exceed eight pages, not including the curriculum vitae and recommendation letters. Submit seven copies of the application packet. The application deadline is Feb. 1. Send applications to the APF awards coordinator at the APA address. Applicants will be notified on or after April 15. For more information, contact APF at (202) 336-5843; e-mail.
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